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NATO To Halt Airstrikes Against Taliban Inside Homes

June 11, 2012

NATO will put a stop to air strikes against suspected Taliban fighters inside civilian homes, according to The New York Times.

The new restrictions come after a NATO attack last week that Afghan officials say killed 18 civilians. NATO apologized for the deaths.

Gen. John R. Allen, the senior allied commander in Afghanistan, ordered the change in policy. In a statement, a NATO spokesperson called it a “prudent and logical step in the progression in the campaign.”

 

Aides to Afghan President Hamid Karzai released a statement on Saturday saying that NATO had pledged to stop all attacks inside homes, but NATO officials quoted anonymously by The Times said that forces will continue to conduct operations on foot against Taliban fighters who take shelter in civilian dwellings.

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